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Cardinals' Steven Matz: MRI brings good news
The MRI that Matz underwent Sunday revealed nothing overly concerning, though the Cardinals still elected to place him on the 15-day injured list Monday after he was diagnosed with a left shoulder impingement, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak wasn't willing to commit to Matz returning from the IL after a minimum stint, as the Cardinals first want to see how the southpaw responds to a few days of rest before a determination is made on the next course of action. Mozeliak acknowledged that he was hopeful Matz will be able to pitch "through the season," which suggests the Cardinals aren't fearing a long-term absence for the 30-year-old, who has turned in a 6.03 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through his first nine starts with St. Louis. Matthew Liberatore is in line to replace Matz in the rotation beginning with Saturday's game against Milwaukee.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Lands on injured list
Matz was placed on the 15-day injured list Monday with a left shoulder impingement.
Matz left his start Sunday against the Pirates after throwing just four pitches due to what was originally called shoulder stiffness. He underwent an MRI later in the day, though for now the injury isn't being referred to as anything worse than an impingement. He'll be eligible to return June 7, but it's not yet clear when the Cardinals expect him back. Matthew Liberatore was recalled to take his place in the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Contending with shoulder stiffness
The Cardinals announced that Matz was removed from his start Sunday against the Pirates in the first inning due to left shoulder stiffness, Jim Hayes of Bally Sports Midwest reports.
When he exited after throwing just four pitches, Matz looked to be grabbing at his midsection, which suggested a hip injury was in play. Instead, a shoulder issue was at the root of Matz's early departure, which makes sense given that he saw a steep drop in his velocity on his final pitch. Angel Rondon was summoned out of the bullpen to work in long relief, but the Cardinals could recall Matthew Liberatore from Triple-A Memphis if Matz is forced to go on the injured list. The Cardinals have an off day coming up Wednesday, which would allow the team to get by with a four-man rotation until May 30.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Lasts only four pitches in start
Matz was removed from his start Sunday against the Pirates in the first inning due to an apparent hip injury, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Matz threw just four pitches before he departed after he appeared to hurt his midsection while facing his first batter of the day, Ke'Bryan Hayes. Angel Rondon came out of the bullpen to strike out Hayes and will now be on tap for a long-relief outing on the heels of Matz's early departure. The Cardinals will likely evaluate Matz over the next day or two before determining if he's fit to make his next start. St. Louis has an off day coming up Wednesday, so the team would be able to get by with a four-man rotation until May 30, if necessary.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: MRI coming up
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said after Sunday's 18-4 win over the Pirates that Matz (shoulder) will undergo an MRI later in the day, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Though St. Louis ran away with a comfortable victory in the series finale, Matz couldn't work long enough to qualify for the win, as he tossed just four pitches before exiting with what the Cardinals labeled as a stiff left shoulder. The MRI should provide more information on the severity of Matz's injury while potentially determining whether or not he'll require a trip to the injured list. If Matz is shut down with the injury, Angel Rondon -- who struck out four over five scoreless innings of long relief to grab the win Sunday -- could get the nod the next time the Cardinals require a fifth starter May 30. Prospect Matthew Liberatore is also an option to receive a call-up from Triple-A Memphis to replace Matz in the rotation, if necessary.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Misses out on win
Matz allowed two runs on three hits and zero walks over five innings during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets. He had seven strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
The veteran left-hander surrendered a pair of solo homers but otherwise kept New York off the board, but he missed out on the victory since the St. Louis bullpen was unable to maintain a one-run advantage. Matz has a 3.86 ERA and 14:0 K:BB covering 11.2 innings over his past two starts, though he's also allowed four long balls.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Starting back end of doubleheader
Matz will start Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Matz has had an up-and-down season to this point. Though he has posted two quality starts in his last three outings, sandwiched in the middle was an eight-run blow up against the Giants, leaving his year-long ERA at 6.40. The 30-year-old will look to take advantage of the opportunity to face a Mets lineup that already played a game earlier in the day, and perhaps down a couple regulars.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Quality start in loss
Matz (3-3) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out seven in 6.2 innings during Thursday's 3-2 defeat against Baltimore.
After allowing a second-inning solo homer to Jorge Mateo, Matz cruised through the Baltimore lineup over the next four innings, at one point retiring 11 straight. He retired the first two batters in the seventh but then gave up a solo shot to Anthony Benboom and a single to Chris Owings and was removed. The veteran lefty allowed only one home run in his first five starts but has been tagged five times over his last two starts, spanning 8.2 innings. His next start will likely come early next week against the Mets.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Listed as Thursday's starter
Matz is listed as the starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Orioles, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The southpaw was initially slated to start Friday against the Giants, but he'll apparently be pushed up to start a day earlier since Jordan Hicks (undisclosed) will no longer start. Matz should still be fully rested since he last pitched Saturday in San Francisco. Over his last three starts, he's posted a 9.00 ERA and 13:5 K:BB in 12 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Shelled in loss Saturday
Matz (3-2) suffered the loss against San Francisco on Saturday, allowing eight runs on five hits and three walks over two innings. He struck out three.
The left-hander's outing got off to an ominous start when the first three batters reached base via two walks and an infield single. Wilmer Flores ensured that the Giants took advantage of the situation, belting a grand slam to clear the bases. Matz gave up two more homers -- both of the two-run variety -- in the second frame and didn't come out for the third. It was the first time this season that Matz has given up multiple long balls in a contest, and it unsurprisingly resulted in the veteran yielding a season-worst eight runs. He'll try to bounce back in his next start, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday at home versus Baltimore.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Returns from bereavement list
Matz (personal) was activated from the bereavement list Friday.
Matz was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday but has rejoined the team as expected without missing his turn through the rotation. The left-hander is scheduled to start Saturday against the Giants and has a 4.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 27:5 K:BB across 23.2 innings this season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Not expected to miss start
Matz (personal) is expected to be ready to go for his start Saturday against San Francisco, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Matz landed on the bereavement list Tuesday, but it looks as though he'll avoid missing any outings. He started Monday against the Royals and will be back with the team before his next scheduled start.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Blanks Royals over six
Matz (3-1) picked up the win Monday after he tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out four in the victory over the Royals.
Matz looked strong Monday, outdueling Zack Greinke in what was a 1-0 win. It was the second time this season he didn't walk a batter and his first quality start of the campaign. Matz has been a mixed bag this season, giving up 11 runs in seven innings across two starts but surrendering just one run over 16.2 frames in his other three outings. Matz now sports a 4.56 ERA and 1.44 WHIP heading into the second month of the season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Placed on bereavement list
Matz was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday.
Players may spend between three and seven days on the bereavement list. Matz started Monday against the Royals, so his next turn in the rotation lines up to come Saturday in San Francisco. He'll be eligible to return by then, but it's possible his next outing will be slightly delayed.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Early exit against Mets
Matz didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 10-5 win over the Mets, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out six.
All the damage against the southpaw came in the second inning, but Matz still exited the game with the Cardinals ahead 8-4. Unfortunately, an elevated pitch count (97, 68 for strikes) prevented him from getting the win against his former club. Matz is now saddled with a 6.11 ERA, but his 23:5 K:BB through 17.2 innings suggests there's been more than a little bad luck involved in that mark.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Notches second victory
Matz (2-1) earned the win Friday at Cincinnati after giving up one run on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks across five innings.
The left-hander surrendered a run on two hits and walk during the fifth inning, though he otherwise kept the Reds off the board. Matz surrendered seven runs in his first start of the season, but he's allowed only one run with a 12:2 K:BB across 10.2 frames in his past two outings. The 30-year-old lines up to pitch against the Mets next week.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Bounces back with win
Matz (1-1) earned the win over Milwaukee on Saturday, hurling 5.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed three hits and no walks while striking out six.
After surrendering seven earned runs over three innings in a disappointing season debut, Matz turned things around with 5.2 scoreless frames and his first win Saturday. He allowed only one extra-base hit and struck out six in the performance. Fantasy managers in leagues that count quality starts may be disappointed that he was removed from the contest one out shy of completing six frames, but it's worth noting that Matz battled a blister in his first start, so it's a net positive that he was able to throw 77 pitches without the issue reoccurring Saturday. Matz is tentatively slated to make his next start Friday at Cincinnati.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Cleared to pitch Friday
Matz (finger) is scheduled to make his second start of the season Friday against the Brewers in Milwaukee, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Matz dealt with a blister in his Cardinals debut in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, with the issue likely playing a part in the southpaw getting tagged for seven runs on nine hits and a walk over three innings. The Cardinals are apparently confident the blister won't present too many problems for Matz moving forward, though fantasy managers may want to tread carefully with the southpaw as he heads to American Family Field.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Battles blister in poor start
Matz developed a blister on his left hand in his Cardinals debut during Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Pirates, an issue manager Oliver Marmol attributed to the southpaw's poor outing, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
While Matz struck out five batters while walking just one, he also allowed seven runs on nine hits in his three innings, giving him a loss in his first outing of the season. Five of those runs came in the third inning -- the frame in which the blister reportedly developed -- with two more scoring in the fourth before he was able to record an out. The rough season debut followed a shaky spring in which he stumbled to a 5.23 ERA in three starts, but the Cardinals are seemingly considering all of his struggles Sunday to be blister-related and aren't worried about him long-term. He's expected to take his next turn in the rotation, which lines up to come Friday in Milwaukee.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Steven Matz: Starting third game of season
Matz is set to start the Cardinals' third game of the season April 10 versus the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Matz hasn't had a great spring, allowing six runs on nine hits with five strikeouts across 3.2 innings. He'll likely get one more tuneup in Grapefruit League action before the team breaks camp. Matz was never in any real doubt for a rotation spot, but he has some work to do to get back into the form that allowed him to post a 14-7 record, 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 144:43 K:BB in 150.2 innings last season with Toronto.... See More ... See Less
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